Associations, economics, politics, fire & life safety

The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) has been in existence since 1905, opening  our first office in New York City in 1914 and hiring our first employee. We have recently relocated our national headquarters to Maryland, between Baltimore and Washington,…

The price of failure

The recent case of Southwark Council being taken to court on 22 charges relating to fire safety in Lakanal House should concentrate the mind of anyone who is either responsible for fire safety, or who installs fire protection in buildings.…

Solo 365 – faster, simpler, cleaner – A new innovation for functional testing of smoke detectors

The year 2017 will be a huge year for the Solo range with some exciting new products due for launch. The first of which is Solo 365 – a completely new tester offering the ultimate test experience in terms of…

The Fire Safety Event – Fire safety returns home to the NEC Birmingham

Fire Safety Event Content Director Mark Sennett introduces his show, which boasts an unparalleled line-up of free educational content and an exhibition containing major fire safety manufacturers and associations. On 21-23 March fire safety finally returns home to the NEC…

LITH-EX Fire Extinguishers A portable fire extinguisher designed for Lithium battery fires

The news is filled with ever more examples of fires caused by Lithium batteries, from e-cigarettes to mobile phones and even electric vehicles, the danger is ever present. Of course we all do not wish to do without our new…

FireView Detector Test Kit – A unique all-in-one solution for reliable testing of smoke and heat fire detectors

To negate the risk of using ladders and scaffolding, the FiewView Detector Test Kit has been designed to aid technicians from floor level during the service and maintenance of fire detection systems. FireView can also be used during the system…

High challenge: High-piled storage fire protection – Part 1

Rising real estate costs and materials handling improvements make high-piled and rack storage a desirable option for product manufacturers and wholesale companies. With multi-function scanning codes and radio-tracking tags, warehouse operators can manage a huge variety of commodities in vast…

Fire and gas safety systems for oil and gas applications

Process owners and fire protection professionals in the oil and gas industry know that functional safety system components such as flame and gas detectors need to be certified for compliance with specific standards, including a facility’s target Safety Integrity Level…

Fire safety in wind turbines – there is more to know

Wind power is an important and growing source of renewable energy in Europe. Due to the wind conditions, offshore wind power is a promising option. Hence, optimization and reducing disruption to production of any kind is of interest. One cause…

Ignoring the 17th edition wiring regulations can be fatal…

“999, what is your emergency?…” At around 3am on 2nd February 2005 a fire was reported in a fourteenth floor flat of Harrow Court tower block, in Stevenage. Two unextinguished tea-light candles left burning on top of the plastic casing…

Cooling towers and the need for loss prevention certification

The value of active fire protection systems such as sprinklers is well-known in most industrialized countries. Recognition of fire-limiting construction – passive fire protection – for the building envelope is also growing. Despite these advancements, building owners are still missing…

Extinguishing the myths about IT fire protection

Fire prevention is one of the most neglected areas of data centre planning, but attitudes may be changing as more IT professionals become aware of the enormous risks posed to a business by fire. According to the latest report on…

Drummond School gets a lesson in life safety from Honeywell Morley-IAS

Located in the historic Scottish city of Inverness, the Drummond School is a purpose built educational facility for those with severe learning difficulties and complex needs. With a capacity for over 90 pupils in 20 classes, it has provision for…

Fire-resistant glazing: are regulations up to date?

Fire costs the UK economy an estimated £3.5 billion per year. With glass becoming an ever more dominant material in the built environment, manufacturer Pilkington, has released a new report – The Burning Issue – to ask if the glazing…

Emergency Evacuations: Think smart to prepare for the worst

As our buildings and the uses to which we put them become more complex, the challenges of safely evacuating occupants also increase. The latest analogue addressable fire panels give integrators, specifiers and end users more control and peace of mind…

Know-how & business – a combination that makes a competitive product

Fire-resistant glass is an extremely specialised product which requires both technological knowledge and high investment in research and in the certification process – this is not simple. For years, it has been associated with global brands or sector tycoons but…

Regulatory requirements for public access and multi-use buildings

The UK Government’s fire regulations were put through a massive reform back in the early 2000s when attention was drawn to the outdated nature of policies that were in place. More efficient fire safety procedures were needed, particularly for public…

Storage sprinkler design: a historical perspective – Part 2

In the 1980s FM led the development of another new technology: early suppression fast response (ESFR) sprinklers. This new class of sprinkler was developed to ensure a higher ADD than RDD, while providing hazard protection with cartoned plastic commodity storage…

Restaurant fire suppression: Achieving complete reliability

Commercial kitchens are highly susceptible fire risk areas, and incidents in such environments can incur serious consequences. The concentration of grease-laden, vapour-producing appliances – such as fryers, griddles, ranges and char-broilers – in a compact area, together with extract ventilation…

Intelligent and innovative: the new approach to fire safety in construction

All sectors face a range of unique challenges when it comes to maintaining fire safety. For the construction industry, these are particularly difficult – construction sites are a dangerous mix of temporary structures, potentially hazardous machinery, heavy materials and working…

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